Bill Text: NY A00581 | 2019-2020 | General Assembly | Introduced

Bill Title: Establishes the sustainable communities fund; authorizes grants to municipal corporations who meet certain requirements for eligible projects that incorporate smart growth principles or utilize climate resilient and environmentally friendly construction techniques.

Spectrum: Partisan Bill (Democrat 1-0)

Status: (Introduced - Dead) 2020-01-08 - referred to ways and means [A00581 Detail]

Download: New_York-2019-A00581-Introduced.html

                STATE OF NEW YORK
                               2019-2020 Regular Sessions
                   IN ASSEMBLY
                                     January 9, 2019
        Introduced by M. of A. STIRPE -- read once and referred to the Committee
          on Ways and Means
        AN  ACT  to amend the state finance law, in relation to establishing the
          sustainable communities fund
          The People of the State of New York, represented in Senate and  Assem-
        bly, do enact as follows:
     1    Section  1.  The  state finance law is amended by adding a new section
     2  99-ff to read as follows:
     3    § 99-ff. Sustainable communities fund. 1. There is hereby  established
     4  in  the  joint  custody of the state comptroller and the commissioner of
     5  environmental conservation a fund to be known as the "sustainable commu-
     6  nities fund".
     7    2. Such fund shall consist of all monies appropriated for its purpose,
     8  all other monies credited or transferred to such fund pursuant  to  law,
     9  and  all  monies required by this section or any other provisions of law
    10  to be paid into or credited to such fund.
    11    3. Moneys of such fund shall be made available to the commissioner  of
    12  environmental  conservation  and  shall  be used for grants to municipal
    13  corporations, as that term is defined in  section  two  of  the  general
    14  municipal law, for eligible projects pursuant to this section. To quali-
    15  fy  for  such grants, municipal corporations shall (a) incorporate smart
    16  growth principles, as enumerated in article  six  of  the  environmental
    17  conservation  law,  into  their  comprehensive  plans in accordance with
    18  sections two hundred seventy-two-a of the town law, 7-722 of the village
    19  law, and twenty-eight-a of the general city law,  (b)  demonstrate  that
    20  eligible  projects  conform  to  the comprehensive plans, and (c) demon-
    21  strate the ability to leverage one dollar in matching  funds  for  every
    22  dollar of state financial assistance.
    23    4.  Following  appropriation  by  the  legislature, monies of the fund
    24  shall be available only for  distribution  to  eligible  projects.  Such
         EXPLANATION--Matter in italics (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                              [ ] is old law to be omitted.

        A. 581                              2
     1  eligible  projects  shall incorporate smart growth principles or utilize
     2  climate resilient and environmentally friendly  construction  techniques
     3  and  shall include, but not be limited to, creating walkable communities
     4  including the widening of sidewalks and bike lanes, waterfront revitali-
     5  zation  projects  including dredging, beautification projects, combating
     6  urban sprawl, and developing mixed use communities.
     7    5. The commissioner of environmental conservation shall promulgate any
     8  necessary rules and regulations for the application and distribution  of
     9  any funds pursuant to this section.
    10    §  2.  This  act shall take effect immediately. Effective immediately,
    11  the  commissioner  of  environmental  conservation  is  authorized   and
    12  directed  to  promulgate, amend, and/or repeal any rules and regulations
    13  necessary to implement the provisions of  this  act  on  or  before  its
    14  effective date.